There is alternative to the use of animal fat and that is to use whey and soy protein. Check with your doctor and your local sports nutrition store.
For a while I was on the cave man diet (meat, veges, fruit, NO GRAIN or GRAIN products) and felt better. It is almost impossible to avoid grains in our culture though.
At 08:51 AM 10/16/99 -0700, you wrote:
> Forster H.
> [Is the Atkins diet safe
> in respect to health?]. [German]
> Fortschritte der Medizin. 96(34):1697-702, 1978 Sep 14.
> The "Atkins dietary
> revolution" is a ketogenic diet consisting almost
> exclusively of food from animal origin. A similar diet was
> introduced as the "Banting diet" more than
> a century ago by the English physician Harvey. This
> carbohydrate-free diet is high in fat, cholesterol and
> purines. The measurable ketosis is a precondition for
> the effect of this kind of diet. However,
> the predictable hyperlipacidemia and ketosis are recognized
> health risks. Additionally, hypercholesterolemia is to be expected in a
> greater part of the adherents to such a
> diet. Even children under ketogenic diet
> develop hypercholesterolemia within a short time. A similar high-fat
> diet, known as the Sippy
> diet for ulcer therapy, was found earlier
> to cause an increased incidence in coronary heart disease. On
> the basis of the known facts
> the Atkins diet seems to
> be potentially hazardous to health, unless a controlled study is performed.
> However, considering the risks it seems very problematic to
> perform such a study.
Ralph Lewis, Professor of Management and Human Resources College of Business
California State University, Long Beach
Long Beach, California